by Jim Cain
Victor Cruz’s season is over.
The New York Giants’ wide receiver was carted off the field Sunday night after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee.
Cruz suffered the injury while attempting to make a touchdown reception in the third quarter of a 27-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
With the Giants on the Eagles three-yard line, quarterback Eli Manning lobbed a ball up for Cruz in the right corner of the end zone. As Cruz lept off the ground, his right knee buckled. The ball glanced off his hands, and he fell to the ground in obvious pain.
Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed in a conference call Monday that Cruz will have season-ending surgery on the knee.
Cruz was transferred from Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to undergo further tests.
Losing Cruz hurts the Giants’ offense immensely. He led the team in receptions and receiving yards in each of the last three seasons.
Cruz had 2 catches for 16 yards in Sunday’s game and finished the year with 23 passes for 337 yards in six games. In 2011, he set the Giants single-season record for receiving yards back with 1,536.
He signed a five-year, $43 million extension before last season.
However, Cruz’s injury wasn’t the only blow the Giants suffered during the game. Starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie went down in the first half with back spasms and did not return.